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Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry appointed manager of Monaco

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Struggling Ligue Un side Monaco have appointed former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry as manager. 

Henry, 41, replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked after a run of poor results that has left the side in the bottom three of Ligue Un.

This is jis first managerial job, having been an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez since 2016.

It is also a homecoming for Henry. He began his playing career at Monaco, making his debut in 1994 before leaving for Juventus in 1999.

Henry, who also played for Barcelona and New York Red Bulls during his career, has been linked with a number of managerial jobs in recent months, including Championship side Aston Villa.

“It seems like fate I will begin my managerial career here,” he said. “I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin.”

Henry is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and also won the World Cup and European Championships with France in 1998 and 2000. Overall, he scored 53 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

All the factz on Croatia v England in the Nations League, including which TV channel its on

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The Nations League returns tonight, and in League A Group 4 Croatia take on England. The match kicks off at 7.45pm BST and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

  • This is the first time England will play a match behind closed doors. Croatia were given this punishment by UEFA after a swastika was marked on the pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
  • It is just 93 days since England last faced Croatia. Of course, that was the World Cup semi-final, when the Three Lions went down 2-1 after extra time.
  • Croatia’s starting XI has already been announced, and includes 6 players who started the semi-final, including Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
  • This will be the 9th meeting between the sides. England have won 4 of those encounters, while Croatia have won 3.
  • The first meeting between the sides was a friendly in April 1996 – and resulted in the only 0-0 draw between the sides.
  • Expect goals tonight – in the last 4 matches between the sides, both teams have scored at least once.

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry announces retirement

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Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from playing.

In a post on Instagram, Terry, 37, said: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided that now is the right time for me to retire from playing.”

Terry played for Aston Villa in the Championship last season, but left after they failed to gain promotion. He had been without a club since then, and turned down an offer last month to play for Spartak Moscow.

The central defender spent all but one season of his career at Chelsea. He made his debut for the Blues as a 17-year-old against Aston Villa in a League Cup tie in 1998.

He went on to make more than 700 appearances for Chelsea. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Terry won 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and the Champions League.

He also made 78 appearances for England, captaining the side on numerous occasions.

In his farewell statement, Terry said: “As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans.

“Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them.

“We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn’t have succeeded without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.

“My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a young player.

“And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season.

“It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”

Terry is rumoured to be going into coaching, wit some reports linking him with a role at Aston Villa, if Thierry Henry takes over as manager.

All the factz on Liverpool v Manchester City, including which TV channel its on

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The big match is a battle for 1st place in the Premier League with Liverpool playing Manchester City at Anfield. Either side will go top with a win. The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Both league matches were epics last season: Liverpool won 4-3 at Anfield, while City thrashed the Reds 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. In addition, Liverpool beat City 3-0 and 1-2 in the Champions League semi-finals.
* Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield in 17 matches in all competitions against City (12 wins). City haven’t won there since 2003.
* The Reds are also unbeaten in 24 PL matches at Anfield.
* City have won 20 of their past 25 PL matches – their only defeat in that run was against Liverpool.
* City have scored 21 goals this season – 5 more than next top scorers Bournemouth, who have played a game more.
* Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola on 7 occasions, more than any other manager.
* Liverpool have not conceded a goal at Anfield since February.

All the factz on Southampton v Chelsea in the Premier League

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The second match in the Premier League today sees Chelsea travel to St Mary’s to play Southampton. The Blues could go top – albeit temporarily – with a win. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Eden Hazard has scored 6 goals this season – as many as the entire Southampton squad has managed.
* Saints have won just 3 of their last 15 matches – losing 8.
* Southampton have also won just once at home in their last 14 attempts.
* Chelsea have conceded once away from home this season – a record only equalled by Manchester City.